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ENTERCOM IS COUNTING ON COUNTRY
11/20/17
Entercom will broadcast a commercial-free, philanthropic television event called Count On Country, it has been announced in the wake of the communications corporation's merger with CBS Radio. The one-hour program will be a tribute to the victims of the Route 91 Harvest Festival, featuring stories from the first responders at the scene. In addition to honoring those affected by the Las Vegas tragedy, Count On Country will welcome performances from many of the acts that had performed at the festival. Hosted by Big & Rich, viewers will see performances from Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Maren Morris, Rascal Flats and more. Viewers will also be encouraged to make contributions to the Las Vegas Victims' Fund."When the unthinkable happens, people come together. We come together to heal, to grow, to cry, to remember, and most importantly, to help each other. It is in this spirit that we present Count on Country, a remarkable collection of music, commentary and reflection surrounding the Route 91 Harvest Festival tragedy," said Pat Paxton, Entercom's President of Programming.Count on Country will air 11/28 at 12pm local times on Entercom stations.
LIFE LESSONS FROM LIL DOLLY
11/17/17
The iconic Dolly Parton's first-ever children's album, I Believe In You, has a series of animated music videos, which premiered on VEVO 11/17. Sony Nashville's country star sings about life lessons on the album. Woven together in 14 tracks, all but one of the songs has an accompanying lyric video featuring "Little Dolly." You can watch the whole series right here. You should probably have some children around, just for appearance's sake.The series will also sport feature placement on YouTube Kids starting 11/21. Proceeds from the videos' consumption will directly support Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, which provides books to children from birth to five years of age.
RHETT ASKS COUNTRY AIRPLAY TO "MARRY"
11/17/17
AMA nominee Thomas Rhett's latest single, "Marry Me," hits the airwaves at Country radio today (11/17). "Marry Me" follows hits "Craving You" and "Unforgettable," both of which appear on his latest chart-topping album, Life Changes. The previous singles are each RIAA Gold and both hit #1 at the format. The Big Machine star is set to perform live from AT&T Stadium during the nationally televised halftime of the Dallas Cowboys vs the Los Angeles Chargers game at 3:30pm CT on CBS Thanksgiving Day. His Life Changes Tour kicks off in 2018, you'll get all the details here.
GRIDIRONY
11/15/17
Artist Queen V celebrates the pending release of her EP, Bridges Vol. 2, which was written and recorded in Nashville. In addition to various music luminaries, the listening party at Black River Entertainment was attended by sports figures such as Super Bowl-winning former Steelers coach and NFL Today commentator coach Bill Cowher, who told Warner Music Nashville boss John Esposito to “go long.” Seen thinking we deserve some kind of penalty are (l-r) Artist Garage co-founder Mike Regan, engineer Chad Carlson, Queen V, Cowher and Espo.
SOME LIVELY NEWS
11/13/17
The ACM Lifting Lives board of directors for the 2017-2018 term, includes newly elected Chairman Debbie Carroll, President Tree Paine, VP Paul Barnabee and Secretary Tommy Moore, it was announced today. Dwight Wiles, meanwhile, continues his role as Treasurer.This year, four representative director positions (for ACM board members) were elected, as well as two public director positions (for leaders in non-profit and corporate affairs outside of the ACM). CMT's Leslie Fram, Red Light's Shawn McSpadden, Spotify's John Marks and CAA's Darin Murphy make up the former, while Harley-Davidson of Columbia's Ricky Kelley and WME's Jay Williams make up the latter.Learn more about the famed organization's charitable arm right here.
"LITTLE THING" MAKES A BIG MOVE
11/13/17
After steadily climbing the Country radio chart, Big Machine's Carly Pearce has gone #1 with her debut single, "Every Little Thing." Pearce is currently one of only two women in the Top 10 at Country and the only solo female charting at the format with a debut single to achieve gold certification in 2017.Pearce penned "Every Little Thing" with collaborators and friends Emily Shackelton and producer busbee (Maren Morris, Keith Urban). Currently out on Brett Young's Caliville Tour, she'll join the lineup for Jack Daniel's Music City Midnight: New Year's Eve in Nashville and hit the road for both Blake Shelton and Thomas Rhett's tours come 2018. For details and tour dates, you can head here.
KANE BROWN LIGHTS UP NIGHTLINE
11/10/17
In a recent Nightline segment, RCA Nashville/Zone 4 breakout Kane Brown discusses his route to the limelight. The piece tracks the rising star from his earliest days through his social-media explosion and subsequent voyage to the top of the charts, all the way to his CMAs moment with Brad Paisley. "I don't think you have to look a certain way to sing a certain genre," he says. Manager Martha Earls calls him "a cultural crossover," and his ability to unite audiences helps show why this is so. Check it out here.
BMG WINS BIG AT BMI
11/8/17
Seven songs penned by six BMG writers were honored at the BMI Country Awards last night. Most notably, Florida Georgia Line's "H.O.L.Y."—co-written by busbee and Nate Cyphert—was recognized with two awards, including the top accolade, Song of the Year.The other winners were Maren Morris' "'80s Mercedes" (busbee), Morris' "My Church" (busbee), Billy Currington's "It Don't Hurt Like It Used To" (Shy Carter), Dustin Lynch's "Seein Red" (Tully Kennedy), Dierks Bentley's "Somewhere on a Beach" (Alexander Palmer) and Kip Moore's "Running For You" (Kip Moore).
URBAN RENEWAL AT THE CMAs
11/8/17
In addition to awarding the year's best in Country music, tonight's 51st CMAs will feature a special performance from Capitol Nashville's Keith Urban. He's slated to debut the song "Female," which was written by Song of the Year nominee Shane McAnally, Nicolle Galyon and Ross Copperman in response to the recent and ongoing Harvey Weinstein scandal. After being honored for his philanthropy with the BMI Champion Award at the BMI Country Awards on 11/7, Urban had this to say about the song's message: “I think it’s just time for a recalibrating of the past, you know? Things have been a certain way for a long, long time, and I think you’re seeing a turning of the tide.”Urban is up for awards in three of the categories being presented tonight, namely Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and Single of the Year; he was also nominated for Music Video of the Year, but the winners for that have already been announced.
THE CMA EARLY BIRDS HAVE LANDED
11/8/17
A pair of CMA Award winners have already been announced in advance of the telecast, which will air live tonight at 8/7c on ABC.The gong for Musical Event of the Year has gone to Glen Campbell w/Willie Nelson's "Funny How Time Slips Away" (UMe). Brothers Osborne's "It Ain't My Fault" (EMI Nashville), meanwhile, has been recognized for having the Music Video of the Year.That's right. The games have begun, ladies 'n' gents.
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